Swarthmore College Peace Collection

Boston Draft Resistance Group Collected Records, 1967-1969

Collection: CDG-A

Contact Information
Swarthmore College Peace Collection
500 College Avenue
Swarthmore, PA 19081-1399
Telephone: (610) 328-8557 (Curator)
Fax: (610) 328-8544
Email: wchmiel1@swarthmore.edu (Curator)
URL: http://www.swarthmore.edu/Library/peace/

Descriptive Summary
Swarthmore College Peace Collection
Boston Draft Resistance Group
Boston Draft Resistance Group Records
Inclusive Dates
Call Number

Language of Materials
Materials in English
5 linear inches [papers only]
The Boston Draft Resistance Group offered draft counseling and organized opposition to the Vietnam War in the Boston (Massachusetts) area.

Administrative Information
Restrictions to Access
Usage Restrictions
Alternate Form of Material
Acquisitions Information
Gift of Janet Essley, 2004 [Acc. 04A-094]; Michael Foley, 2006 [Acc. 06A-059]
Processing Information
Processed by Anne Yoder, 2009 (April)
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item] in the Boston Draft Resistance Group Collected Records (CDG-A), Swarthmore College Peace Collection
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendents, as stipulated by United States copyright law

Online Catalog Headings
These and related materials may be found under the following headings in online library/archival catalogs.
See tripod record

Related Collections
Charles Fisher Collected Papers (CDG-A)
Michael S. Foley Collected Papers (CDG-A)

Historical Background
The Boston Draft Resistance Group (BDRG) was established on April 25, 1967 by members of the Harvard We Won't Go group. The BDRG had grassroots support due to its campus and community organizing. It was heavily influenced by Vietnam Summer and Students for a Democratic Society. The BDRG offered draft resistance counseling services; its mission was to use draft resistance as a way to organize opposition to the Vietnam War. It made special efforts to reach out to Boston's working class. The BDRG was also known for its efforts to resist the draft through "Early Morning Shows" and "Horror Shows." [source: Confronting the War Machine by Michael S. Foley]

Collection Overview
This collection documents the efforts of a Boston (Massachusetts) group to resist the draft in a collective manner and to educate the public about draft issues. The files originally belonging to Michael Ferber were donated by Michael Foley.

Items removed:
- newsletter to Periodical Collection

Arrangement of Collection
No particular arrangement, other than chronological, was necessary for these records.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Box 1
Correspondence & notes [file of Michael Foley]
Steering Committee: meeting minutes, 1967 (December)- 1968 (May)
Financial records
Correspondence, 1967- 1969
Position papers, form letters, etc., 1967
Position papers, form letters, etc., 1968
Position papers, form letters, etc., 1969
Position papers, form letters, etc., ca. 1967-1969
Encounters with Selective Service (local draft board interviews, etc.)
Operation Off: letter to 200 members of Boston-area draft boards, 1968 [includes reactions to letter]
Requests for speakers, 1968
Publicity (including press releases); events sponsored/ co-sponsored
Media coverage
Articles by/about BDRG in “Avatar” newsletter, 1967-1968
Newsletter “brdg news,” 1967-1968
Reference material: miscellaneous
Reference material: film “Operation Abolition”
Reference material: draft resistance
Reference material: Civil rights efforts (in Chester, Pennsylvania, etc.)


This file was last updated on August 21, 2015